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Grants Available for Tree Planting





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 


For Immediate Release: February 17, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

***This release contains links to AUDIO***


Grants Available for Tree Planting


PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.


Communities must use the grants to purchase or plant trees.


“Some communities have struggled to replace trees lost during significant storm events that have occurred in recent years,” Rachel Ormseth, SDDA community forestry coordinator, says. “This program will help communities to replace those trees and does not restrict them with a $1,000 limit on tree planting.” (***Download Ormseth1 audio here***)


Applications for the storm tree replacement grant funds can be found at the Department of Agriculture, Resource Conservation & Forestry Division website http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/. “Communities that apply for the grants should specify in their application when the storm event occurred that caused the tree loss.” Questions regarding the grants can be directed to 605.773.3623 or SDRCF@state.sd.us. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. (***Download Ormseth2 audio here***)


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found in the Ag News section at http://sdda.sd.gov/news. You may subscribe, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from https://sdagchat.podbean.com/.


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